- easy to use
- touch screen works with any kind of gloves
- display is readable in bright sunlight
- precise and fast vario
- self-updating over the Internet
- built to last
The Volirium P1 smartvario combines the most sensitive pressure sensors in the market with a state-of-the-art flight computer in a compact, purpose-built package. Its software is newly designed and developed, focusing on ease-of-use and manual-free operation.
Easy to use
Pilots should enjoy their flights, and not have to worry about technology. This thought is at the core of the Volirium P1’s development: We built a vario that is very powerful, yet very easy to use. Both on the ground and in the air, we use technology to make your life truly easier. Here are just a few examples:
- A modern user interface that uses the concepts found on other mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets. This way you will feel immediately at home and know how to operate the P1.
- Automatic updates over WiFi: Connect your vario to any WiFi, and you’ll be immediately notified if we have released new software for it. In the near future, we’ll be using this mechanism also for airspaces, flight data and more.
- After each flight, the flight’s track is stored in an IGC file, the standard format for uploading flights to online contests, competitions and flight logs. But for a quick peek, the flight is also available as a Google Earth file, you can take a look at your track right away.
- Beeping varios at launch are a nuisance. The P1 only beeps once you fly, when you actually need it to.
The Volirium P1 is operated with three large, domed hardware buttons that are easy to feel even with thick gloves on. Additional input can be given through the touch display, which also works with any kind of gloves.
Display is readable in bright sunlight
We use a special kind of display (a so-called “transflective” LCD), which ensures that you can read the information even in the brightest sunlight. Actually, the brighter the light, the better.
Precise, fast and “nice” vario
We use our own sensor electronics, and a calibration process that we developed over the last 30+ years, to achieve an unmatched sensor resolution: The P1 can reliably detect altitude changes of 2 cm, based on the pressure change alone! This gives us an incredibly fast and precise vario. A vario that always beeps when you’re going up, no matter how slowly. But also a vario that only beeps when you’re going up, but remains silent otherwise, regardless of any other movement.
The vario sound can be altered to match your taste, so that you enjoy listening to it and remain calm even in very strong conditions.
Built to last
The P1’s casing has been custom-built to keep its sensitive insides save, regardless of botched launches and hard landings. And even if things do break after all, they can easily be replaced by instrument service centers.
The P1 is operated by a powerful battery that lasts for “a good weekend in Fiesch”, about 20 hours of airtime.
The P1’s positioning system uses both the data from GPS and GLONASS, giving us a very quick first fix as well as a very high accuracy.
The positioning information is then used to draw a moving map that indicates your position, airspaces in your vicinity and waypoints.
The P1 works with all the usual waypoint file formats, and gives you the option to either pick one point as your goal (“Goto”), or combine multiple points to a route.
When flying along a route, you get up-to-date information about remaining distance and required glide to the next turnpoint and to goal.
When setting a route as race route, the P1 will guide you through the launch and start procedure, help you fly the shortest way around the course, and give you your race time as soon as you fly into goal.
Find more about the P1’s capabilities on the software page.
WiFi: The P1 exchanges information with our servers over the Internet, using WiFi: Software updates and error reports, in the future also airspace and flight data.
Bluetooth LE: Under development: Connect your P1 with any of the numerous free-flight mobile apps, to feed them with accurate climb, altitude and positioning data.
FlyLink: Under development: Connect additional, autonomous sensors to your P1.
USB: When connecting your P1 to a computer via USB, it appears as a mass storage device (like a USB drive), giving you direct access to your flight tracks, and allowing you to upload waypoint and airspace files.
The P1’s manual is under development, for now please refer to the Connect 1 online manual.
The P1 comes with:
- Quickstart guide
- USB micro cable for connecting it to a computer
- Wall charger
- Velcro patch for cockpit mount
- Built-in tether
- 4 GB micro SD card (enough memory to record thousands of hours of airtime)
Future hardware options
Pitot: airspeed indication, mainly for hang glider pilots
FLARM: anti-collision beacon
The Volirium P1’s software is newly designed and developed, focusing on ease-of-use and manual-free operation. Its user user interface makes use of the concepts found on other mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets. This way you will feel immediately at home and know how to operate the P1.
Development is still ongoing, we continue adding features to the P1, and making it even easier to operate. You can help with this, by providing feedback, or even joining the development team. Contact us if you are interested.
To get the latest software version for your Volirium P1, simply connect your vario to the Internet:
- From the main screen: “Wi-Fi” – “Enable Wi-Fi” – Select your network and enter its password, if required
- If a newer software version is available, the information icon (i) appears in the status bar at the top of the screen
- Click on the status bar to open the information screen and see information about the latest version: “A software update is available”
- Click on this message to open the update screen, where you then start the update process.
Current state: Condor 17.2.6
- User interface in English, French, German, Russian, Spanish (manual)
- Six pages inside flight app: thermal flight, thermal XL, wind XL, XC, general map, route map (manual)
- Choice of the flight pages that are displayed in the flight app (Prep – Flight pages)
- Free choice of displayed indicators on flight pages (tap on existing indicator, “Select indicator” – gives list of all indicators that fit into this field)
- Display time of the day, including selection of time zone, and automatic adjustment for daylight saving time (manual)
- Screen lock with the “back” and “+” keys, release with any key (manual)
- Airtime as indicator
- Automatic shutdown when battery reaches 0%, to protect the battery from deep discharge
- Set standard units, which are relevant for all indicators (“Config” – “Standard units”)
- Calibrate touch sensor (“Config” – “Display” – “Touch calibration”)
- Absolute barometric altitude, in either m / ft / FL
- Relative barometric altimeter (e.g. height above take-off or landing zone) (manual)
- Altitude adjustment either automatically by GPS, or manually by setting altitude or pressure (hPa or inHg) (manual)
- Displays maximum / minimum
- Three sensitivity profiles: Standard, Lethargy (highly damped), Speedy G (very quick). Plus experimental profile “OJ” (manual)
- Graphic vario
- Numeric vario, either in m/s or fpm, raw or integrated over 3, 10, 30 or 60 seconds
- Acoustic vario, with climb, near-thermal and sink tone (thresholds can be set individually) (manual)
- Adjustable vario sound base frequency (manual)
- Five volume levels: 0% / 25% / 50% / 75% / 100% (manual)
- Vario sound only in flight (manual)
- Displays maximum lift, maximum sink
- Indicator for speed over ground (GPS speed), either in km/h or mph
Glide ratio measurement
- Glide ratio as indicator
- Wind speed and wind direction as indicators
- GPS status information
- Airspaces: import OpenAir files from the “airspace” directory, representation in map view (manual)
- Waypoints: Manual entry (lat/long in 3 formats, UTM) / store current GPS position (manual)
- Waypoint import: Import files from the “waypoints” directory. Supported formats are: CompeGPS (*.wpt), GPS dump WGS84 (*.wpt), GPS dump UTM (*.wpt), GPX (*.gpx), Ozi Explorer (*.ozi), SeeYou (*.cup) (manual)
- Goto to waypoint, with indication of distance and bearing to selected waypoint, graphic indication on map (manual)
- Indicator for currently flown XC distance: best distance from any start point, over three turnpoints, to any end point
- Flight heading as indicator
- North indicator in map view
- XC and race routes
- Routes can be named
- Very fast and comfortable route editor (manual)
- Indicator for next turnpoint, when selected, advance or retract within route with + and – buttons
- Indicator for required glide to next turnpoint or to goal (along optimized route for race routes)
- Indicator for distance to next turnpoint or goal (along optimized route for race routes)
Automatic switch to next route turnpoint, switching distance can be set per route (excpetion: the last turnpoint stays active).
- Adjustable cylinder radius
- Adjustable cylinder tolerance (0.1% – 1.0%)
- Exit or enter for each waypoint
- Begin (|>>) and end (>>|) of speed section
- Goal shapes: cylinder, line and half circle
- Launch time, start time, multiple start gates, goal deadline
- Navigation along shortest route (“optimized route”)
- Automatic advance if start after start time, and for each cylinder after correct crossing
- Indicator for race times: Time to launch, time to start, time since start, time to deadline
- Distance calculation: FAI sphere, tolerance can be set for each race route
- Automatic launch and landing detection (bird symbol in status bar)
- Record the flight as IGC file, including C records when starting flight with active route
- Flight recording as Google Earth file (KMZ)
- Flight log, giving key data for each flight, and statistics for all flights
- Flight replay: each flight in the flight log can be played back, so that the vario behaves exactly as during the flight. A flight trace on maps will be added in a later release.
Connection: WiFi (manual)
- Automatic firmware updates (manual)
- Transmission of software errors, to help us support you, and provide important feedback to our developers (manual)
- Supported safety mechanisms: WEP, WPA2
- Connect 1 appears as a USB drive on any computer
- IGC files can be copied directly to your computer (manual)
- Waypoint and airspace files can be copied from your computer directly onto the vario
- Allow USB drive to be read-only, to protect it from malware when connecting to unknown computers (e.g. in competitions) (manual)
What we are working on right now (30/10/2017)
- Airspace: Alarms, additional information, automatic updates
- Bluetooth LE: Implement Flytec Sensbox protocol for data transmission to mobile apps
Maps: flight trail, auto zoom, geographic features
Robust, shockproof ABS housing, dark grey with orange sides
Dimensions: 142 x 88 x 23 mm
Weight: 305 g
High contrast transflective LCD, optimized for good readability in direct sunlight
Resolution 240 x 320 pixel, 16 levels of grey
Keyboard with three clearly detectable, glove-friendly keys with situative double function (short / long press)
Resistive touch screen, can be operated with pen, finger or glove
Dual processor system: ARM Cortex M0+ for real-time sensor calculations, ARM 9 running Linux for screen output and user interaction
WiFi, Bluetooth Low Energy, FlyLink, GPS
Memory: 4 GB on Micro SD card (included)
FLARM (optional, in preparation)
Slot for Micro SD card
Micro USB (charging battery, data exchange with PC), charger and cable are included
3.5 mm jack (external airspeed sensor, external loudspeaker)
LiPo accumulator with 5.5 Ah
Operating time: about 20 h
Charging time: about 5 h with the supplied Volirium wall charger
Velcro patch (included) for paraglider cockpits or leg mounts
M5 threading on the backside, for most standard hang-glider mounts
Absolute and relative barometric altitude (m / ft / FL)
GPS altitude (m / ft)
Barometric pressure (hPa / inHg)
Automatic setting of barometric altitude before launch
Maximum and minimum for flight
Graphic (m/s / fpm)
Numeric, raw or integrated (m/s / fpm)
Predefined acoustic profiles
Climb tone, near-thermal tone, sink tone
Maximum climb and sink for flight
Speed over ground from GPS (km/h / mph)
Airspeed (with optional external sensor, in preparation)
Airspeed with built-in Pitot sensor (optional, in preparation)
Average, maximum for flight
Wind speed (km/h / mph / knots)
Thermal assistant (in preparation)
Graphical support for optimal use of thermals
Air spaces: Import of OpenAir files, warning (in preparation), automatic update (in preparation)
Obstacles (in preparation)
Indication of current position
Waypoints: Manual entry, store current position, import of waypoint files (CompeGPS, GSP Dump, Ozi Explorer, GPX, SeeYou)
Goto: Distance and bearing to a waypoint
Cross country flights
Route over multiple turnpoints
Distance from/to launch (in preparation)
Current points in selected online contest (in preparation)
Distance and required glide to goal
FAI triangle assistant (in preparation)
Automatic upload of flight track to select online contest (in preparation)
Optimized route with cylinders, start of speed section, end of speed section and goal
Electronic task board: Transfer of waypoints, airspace data and task (in preparation)
Distance and required glide to goal along optimized route
Automatic upload of flight track to score keeper (in preparation)
Turnpoint tolerance can be set for each route
Export flight as IGC file
Export flight as KML file for Google Earth
Flight log (in preparation)
Automatic software updates
Transmission of analysis data in the case of software problems
Updates of airspace and obstacle data (in preparation)
Electronic taskboard (in preparation)
Automatic upload of flight track (in preparation)
Bluetooth Low Energy (in preparation)
Data transfer to external displays: Tablet, smart phone, smart watch, smart glasses
FlyLink (optional, in preparation)
Data transfer from external sensors
FLARM (optional, in preparation)
Collision prevention beacon
Data exchange with any computer
Support through your dealer and Volrium.
Repairs — both in and out of warranty — through instrument service centers.
The P1 is supplied with a stick-on hook and loop fastener strip for attaching to a paragliding flight deck. It also has a screw thread in the back for Flytec hang gliding brackets (see Related Products).
Volirium P1 reviews
Read our review of the Volirium P1.
|Shipping Details||1-3 workdays|
|Model Status||Current model|